Academic Partnerships' Poll of Selected State Universities Shows Online Delivery Systems Could Be Answer to Managing Budget Cuts and Increasing Student Education Access

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The majority of public university presidents, deans and faculty polled agree that new education technology must be implemented to serve more students

We are more motivated than ever to empower our nation’s public institutions to offer innovative and cost-effective education delivery platforms with the same quality control and caliber of education their students receive in the classroom.

Academic Partnerships, LLC, an online education service provider to State Universities, today announces the results of their survey of a select group of the nation’s leading state university presidents, provosts and public higher education leaders who attended The Future of State Universities Conference on October 6 and 7 in Dallas.

More than 250 university presidents, provosts and deans convened to hear hosts Former Governors Jeb Bush and John Hunt, as well as higher education thought-leaders like Salman Kahn, Dr. Clayton Christensen, UT Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and Michael Crow address how technology can help universities expand student access without raising tuition amidst woeful budget cuts.

The findings of the poll reflect the pressing need for universities to innovate and scale their educational delivery platforms. The majority of the State University leadership polled agree that state and federal funding for colleges and universities will decrease in the future, and that universities need to serve more students without adding additional physical facilities.

The survey also reveals that student readiness for university study must be improved. Current research on the impact and results of online education show that completion rates are high, accessibility for students is increasing, and learning outcomes such as materials retained are equal to, if not better, than educations received face to face in traditional classrooms. A 2010 report by U.S Department of Education, titled Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies, found that students who took all or part of their course online performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through traditional face-to-face instruction.

“It’s clear that there’s a cultural and economic shift taking place that demands that our public institutions of higher education innovate,” said Randy Best, CEO and founder of Academic Partnerships. “After hearing our world’s greatest education thought-leaders opine on technology’s impact on education, we are more motivated than ever to empower our nation’s public institutions to offer innovative and cost-effective education delivery platforms with the same quality control and caliber of education their students receive in the classroom.”

The following represent highlights from the survey:

Universities must improve, expand and innovate online degree programs.

  •     About 85% of respondents believe competition for students will increase as online degree programs become more prevalent:
  •     An overwhelming majority (95%) of respondents, and 100% of University Presidents polled agree we must turn to technology to increase access to university programs
  •     Nearly 70% of the University Presidents polled agree universities are well equipped to deliver online degree programs

State and federal funding expectations are down across the board; universities must figure out how to serve more students without adding facilities.

  •     Over 75% of the respondents agree universities will need to serve more students without adding additional physical facilities
  •     About 90% respondents agree that state funding for public universities will continue declining, and 80% agree that funding for federal student aid programs is likely to decrease as well.

ABOUT ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIPS, LLC Dallas-based Academic Partnerships, LLC, using the latest distance learning technologies, supports the efforts of its partner colleges and universities to deliver high-quality, accredited online programs with the goals of expanding access, increasing enrollment and promoting student success.

Editor’s note on survey:

  •     78 attendees from The Future of State Universities Conference were polled on October 6-7, 2011

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